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SNR
04-12-2005, 04:49 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/4423847.stm

Cure for cancers 'in five years'

The hospital is appealing for donations to fund the research
Scientists in Manchester say a cure for all types of cancer could be available on the NHS within five years.
The world's first patient trials in a technique which genetically engineers cells will take place at the city's Christie Hospital later this year.

The treatment - gene-modified t-cell therapy - could replace more intrusive treatments like chemotherapy.

The cells are fitted with a "tracker" device to kill cancer cells before being injected back into the patient.

Professor Robert Hawkins, clinical director of Medical oncology at the hospital, says the initial results of lab tests have been "spectacular".

"In the lab we have seen spectacular results in lung tumours and in the brain. It's remarkable"


More traditional treatments like radiotherapy and chemotherapy destroy both healthy and cancerous cells.

The new system makes the body naturally seek out and kill tumours by boosting the infection-fighting t-cells.

The body does not naturally have enough of these cells to combat huge tumours, and cancer cells often develop protective mechanisms to avoid them being recognised by the body as a disease.

Doctors will take blood samples from cancer patients to extract t-cells. They then genetically modify the t-cells, attaching an antibody which works like a tracking device to enable the t-cells to zone in on cancer tumours.

The t-cells are then multiplied a thousand-fold over a two-week period and injected back into the patient's body.

Professor Hawkins is appealing for funds to build a lab to genetically engineer t-cells, so that the treatment can be available for patients that cancer drugs, chemotherapy and radiotherapy have already failed.

He said: "In the lab we have seen spectacular results in lung tumours and in the brain. It's remarkable.

"Given as an injection, it could get rid of a widespread range of tumours."

About 250,000 is needed through the Christie Appeal to pay for nurses with specialist training, research doctors and equipment.

Earlier this week, the hospital launched a new fundraising appeal backed by BBC One's Dr Who star, Christopher Eccleston, who was born in Salford.

Those wanting to give to the Christie Appeal can call the 24-hour donation line on 0800 1954321.

eazyb81
04-12-2005, 05:18 PM
I guess this means I can start up smoking again :)

KCWolfman
04-12-2005, 05:59 PM
Sounds very cool, and (again, must be the accountant in me) very fishy.

If it costs around 500,000.00 US (converted from approximately .529 American dollars per British pounds, why isn't an investor jumping on it to pay for on his own? If the story is true, the return investment in 5 years would be the single largest in the history of all mankind.

Something just doesn't seem right.

SNR
04-12-2005, 06:20 PM
Sounds very cool, and (again, must be the accountant in me) very fishy.

If it costs around 500,000.00 US (converted from approximately .529 American dollars per British pounds, why isn't an investor jumping on it to pay for on his own? If the story is true, the return investment in 5 years would be the single largest in the history of all mankind.

Something just doesn't seem right.Colon cancer is an almost certain fate for me when I reach middle age, so I sure hope you're wrong.

BigChiefFan
04-12-2005, 06:25 PM
That's encouraging news. I hope they have a breakthrough.

KCWolfman
04-12-2005, 06:27 PM
Colon cancer is an almost certain fate for me when I reach middle age, so I sure hope you're wrong.
I do as well, but honestly, what corporation would turn down trillions or possibly quadrillions of dollars for a mere half mil investment?

Skip Towne
04-12-2005, 06:31 PM
I do as well, but honestly, what corporation would turn down trillions or possibly quadrillions of dollars for a mere half mil investment?
Maybe even a jillion dollars?

KCWolfman
04-12-2005, 06:57 PM
Maybe even a jillion dollars?
Naw, they would need "laser beams" to get that kind of cash.

SNR
04-12-2005, 09:46 PM
I do as well, but honestly, what corporation would turn down trillions or possibly quadrillions of dollars for a mere half mil investment?A Buddhist corporation?

KCWolfman
04-12-2005, 09:48 PM
A Buddhist corporation?
On the surface, you might be right.

But I bet if you track the shadow corporations and dummy titles for about 40 branches you will find that those evil Taoists have their finger in everybody's pie. Keep in mind that those bastards don't just plan for a single lifetime.

Pants
04-12-2005, 09:49 PM
On the surface, you might be right.

But I bet if you track the shadow corporations and dummy titles for about 40 branches you will find that those evil Taoists have their finger in everybody's pie. Keep in mind that those bastards don't just plan for a single lifetime.

LOL, niiice.